Sunday, 23 November 2014

Shared Vision 25 July - late post of feedback/comments

while checking through old posts I found this in draft form....never too late to share so here it is with apologies for lateness!

Audience Comments

"...really enjoyed the performance it was beautiful."  

"Absolutely beautiful evening  - thank you again Shallal,"  Kerry xxx (Kerry worked with us many years ago) 

"Very moving" - Helen James

"Brilliant Show"

"Thank you for a very entertaining evening with lots of magical moments."

"We came to see Shared Vision at the Performance Centre and wish to say how wonderful it was.  Thank you to all who participated and to Jo and Colin and everybody.  The dancing, the themes and the music, absolutely terrific.

Thank you,"

Esmé, Cathy, Peter and cousin Caroline and friend Paru.

from the 21 Nov Penlee House

               Many thanks to Barbara, Louise, Zoe and all the team at Penlee House.

                                     Here are some ipad snaps from 2 of the 7 short performances.
"The rain it raineth"

"Among the missing"

                 A powerful piece to end on which had many of us near tears!

Well done to Finn, second time performing with us and only been with us just two months! Thank you to everyone as always and especially to George, whose talents allow us to fully explore this way of improvising.
We will be back at Penlee House on 19th December 4pm, this time with recorded music as George is flying to America. We are looking at reworking some old favourites ie: Mothers and daughters, 2 Sunsets, and Derek Jarmans poem set to music "I sit here immobile" and to the coming weeks of intense rehearsals to create new work!

Monday, 17 November 2014

New App inspires Shallal Dance Theatre performance at Penlee House this Friday 21st November 11am - 11.30am

New App inspires Shallal Dance Theatre performance at Penlee House this Friday 21st.

The last few months has seen the testing of a new heritage app developed by West

Cornwall media social enterprise, awen productions CIC, with different groups of people.

Walkabout West Cornwall app, now in its final stages of testing, explores approx. 5,000

years of social history locating the fine art and other artifacts of Penlee House Gallery

and Museum within the local landscape. Shallal Dance Theatre company have been

one of the groups who have thoroughly enjoyed immersing themselves in new app

technology as it brought the surrounding  environment and objects to life. They have

visited the collection at Penlee House where director Louise Connell gave them a special

view of ‘Among the Missing’, a powerful and  evocative painting by Walter Langley,

which forms the springboard  for a new dance piece. The app also inspired Shallal to

get out and about to Newlyn Bridge, near where they rehearse, to see where Harold

Harvey painted his version of the bridge in 1906. ‘The Breadwinners’, the iconic  ‘The

Rain it Raineth’, The Mermaid’s Chair at Zennor, and a photograph of the Breaches buoy

also inform and provide the catalyst for this new series of work by Shallal which will be

performed at Penlee on Friday 21st between 11am and 11.30am.

Joe Willis, Creative Director of Shallal says, “We are delighted to be involved in this

project and look forward to sharing the work with a wider audience. I was surprised by

the interest and passion everyone in the company brought to the work from the myriad

of images and information to choose from on the marvellous app. We have really enjoyed

discovering and on the way everyone has learnt more about the art, culture and the

environment of our home/area."

Joining Shallal is local musician George Bradley-Peers, whose wonderful and evocative

improvisations form the backbone to the work, all spontaneously improvised to the event,

the short performances contain a range of humour, style and emotion.

Barbara Santi, director of awen productions, “As well as this innovative way of testing

our app we have been to Mounts Bay School where students from the Arts Award group

have been making short films about local history as a response to using Walkabout West

Cornwall app as an educational resource.” The short films will also be on display at

Penlee on the 21st.

Walkabout West Cornwall app will be available to the public for free in the new year. For

more information go to

awen productions CIC is a community interest company based in Cornwall. It is a

production company with a strong social agenda. Barbara Santi is a founder director.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

great last night for Shallal Studio residency

The 31st October isn't the easiest night to get an audience but we were thrilled at the turn out for our Back Lane West celebration and sharing.
There are images and more information on:

and we are so pleased to say the excitement and joy of it all is mutual and they want us back!!

So watch out October 2015, artists keep your diaries clear and lots of excited planning about to happen. This last residency ran on "a wing and a prayer" as they say and enthusiasm, no-one was paid but with more supportive funding so much more could happen. I showed Demelza the garden down the lane where performances could sit in curious corners. Last night the town clock face was lit pink and the gardens were lit with blue and green lighting!

Stuart brought along work he and Eddie had done, it got great response and there are so many possibilities especially for installations and research with it, What is it? you ask and i can't explain, I need to ask Stuart to write it up for me, but it involves, film, green screens, back projection and interaction with dancers and backdrop and possibly music!! A possible Unlimited proposal i think.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Charter for Compassion

Shallal was invited by an old friend Tam to join the Charter of Compassion.

The Cornish part are celebrating at The Eden Project tomorrow. Zoe Wilton from Shallal was invited to sign it but I am unsure if she can get there.

  Introduction to the Charter for Compassion (2+ minutes). 

 Inspiring Charter text that won a TED Prize (2+ minutes):

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Candoco workshop audition for Kerry and Star!

"Shallal company members Star and Kerry Jackson have only got themselves a workshop audition with the wonderful Candoco Dance Company on November 15th. It's in London and they're SOOOOO excited! ..."
Photo by Andy Parker, from Echoes Dance co

This is from our facebook page, which Star kindly manages for us.

We are so thrilled for them and wish them well!

Level 2 BSL for Demelza - newspaper

Demelza sent me this the other day, Congratulations to her for level 2 BSL.
We have just finished our Moving Words Project that Demelza was involved in and there are photos to blog soon from that to.